Coordinated care is goal of new clinic for expectant parents

Fetal Treatment Center offers clinic day

Melissa Mancuso, MD


Akron Children’s Hospital’s Fetal Treatment Center now offers a clinic day.

The clinic is for parents-to-be who learn their unborn child has a genetic condition or birth defect and will need immediate intervention after birth and/or the care of multiple pediatric specialists.

“Our goal with this clinic is to bring the family to the hospital for a day of evaluation, diagnostic tests and consultation with all the specialists who will be involved in their child’s delivery and care,” said Melissa Mancuso, MD, a high risk obstetrician in Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center. “It’s helpful for the doctors to get together to discuss the case and very reassuring for expectant parents to meet their team, and learn about the plan for the rest of their pregnancy, birth and beyond.”

The day typically begins with a medical exam and diagnostic tests, such as MRIs and ultrasounds, for the mother-to-be. Following a tour of Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and lunch, the parents will meet with their high-risk obstetrician and a neonatologist. Depending on the medical issue, the team may also include a pediatric cardiologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, pediatric surgeon, palliative care physician, clinical geneticist, radiologist or other specialists.  

The Fetal Treatment Center brings together Akron Children’s maternal fetal medicine, neonatology, medical genetics and other pediatric subspecialties. Using a team approach to fetal care and providing a bridge from the diagnosis of a birth defect through neonatal care, the center has served more than 2000 families since its creation in 2002.

“The center has always provided a wonderful service for families, but this day clinic aims to make things easier and more streamlined for families, many of whom travel a distance,” said Dr. Mancuso. “We have consolidated appointments and there is a secondary benefit of bringing doctors of various specialties together to talk, share ideas and plan their treatment.”

Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center is staffed by four board certified perinatologists (high risk obstetricians), a nurse practitioner, case manager, and lactation consultant. The center provides services for women who may be at risk for complications of pregnancy and when a genetic disorder or congenital defect has been diagnosed in utero.

Patients have access to a complete team of specialists, including clinical geneticists and genetic counselors, and can have all their diagnostic tests, such as amniocentesis, fetal MRI, and fetal ultrasound performed on site. Akron Children’s has one of the few regional genetics centers in the state, and is the only facility in the region to offer the pre-natal test chorionic villus sampling (CVS).

For more information, contact 330-543-8295.

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